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The Parable of Specks and Logs (do not judge)

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Matthew 7:1-5 and Luke 6:41-42

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Brainstorms that come to mind:

This is a great passage, but one I've not done in Rotation. Rather, I've done it in children's sermons and fellowship groups.  It's short and sweet.

1. Game -- "Judging" ...create a game where kids try to figure out what's in a paperbag by feeling it. Try to guess what it is, what it's worth, etc. Kids write down their answers and move to the next subject. Point: your own judgement isn't always the best. We look at God's judgment to determine a person's worth.  (I did this in a children's sermon.)

2. Art project - Make a take home display plaque showing a speck and a log and an eye. Jesus created a VERY vivid image to remind us of the folly of judging others before dealing with our own faults. Make a vivid display item with the scripture on it to go home.  You can make the "log" by cutting carpet tube and having the kids glue crumpled paper bags "bark" to it.   The speck should be extremely small so that it requires an arrow to point it out!

3. Drama/ Video - Have kids/teachers create a bunch of large LABELS that hang around the neck. These get worn by actors as they create on video a number of 20 second vignettes.

Vignette example: "Kid Who Lies to Parents about Drugs" is seen getting angry at a friend who lied to them about who they were hanging out with over the weekend.  

Vignette example: "Teacher Who is Nasty to Own Kids" berates a student for not being nice to a fellow student.

...And so on....

4. Computer Lab
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The Project I Always Wanted to Do:

Create a Log that attached to a headband which the kids could wear out of the class. The verse gets printed on the side of the log.

Theological Point:

Notice in the Bible story that Jesus doesn't say to IGNORE the speck in your friends eye, you need to help them with it he says. But you do it not thinking you are perfect, but rather, humbly admitting you have your own issues.  Everyone has logs and specks.

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Last edited by Luanne Payne
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